Why National Board? Why does renewal matter? According to NBPCT,
Accomplished teachers recognize that their professional learning and growth never ends. In any given subject and developmental area, best practice and knowledge are constantly evolving. At the same time, changes in technology and policy affect every aspect of education, from the classroom to administration.
For me? The reflection process is just invaluable. For the same reason that I enjoy blogging, I look forward to the renewal process, for through this process, I will not only reflect but I will also grow professionally, for this process requires the documentation of a teacher’s Profile of Professional Growth (PPG). Every teacher should be able to easily prove that growth. Right? Or is that another blog post?!
I will learn about myself. I will learn about my students.
For renewal, I am asked to choose reflect on four Personal Growth Experiences (PGE). Where do I begin? I am not the teacher I was eight years ago. Totally different.
Terms I did not use eight years ago…
- Social Media
Teaching practices I did not use eight years ago (at least to the extent I should have)…
- Formative Assessments
- Small groups
- Understanding by Design
- Essential questions
- Write Beside Them
And the list goes on…a paradoxical list: so very glad to have so many changes/choices, yet those changes/choices must be condensed into four PGE’s. Hummmm…
Have you achieved National Board Certification? This, I encourage. We, in the field of education, need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. When I Googled professions offering certification, I found a list of 32 here, only one of which related to education (language education). Teaching appeared nowhere on that list!
I do want my doctors, lawyers, accountants certified. That means something. Just as it should mean much to us to our chosen field of education, which is why all my diplomas hang proudly in my room. Recently, one our our admin in my building referred to it as my “Wall of Fame.” No. Wall of Certification.
Interested in becoming certified? Please go here and learn much more. Also, check out this link for support. Our state pays fees to candidates that meet their requirements. Nice! Then, upon certification, the state pays a yearly check. Would I certify if the financial support were not available? Yes. I believe in NBPTC that much.
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. For me, this is the hardest step!